Mountains Made of Barking

World première June 28th 1994, Royal Flemish Theatre / KunstenfestivaldesArts, Brussels (BE)

Wim Vandekeybus: “In September 1993, when we were looking for locations for the film for this production, I paid Paul Bowles a visit in his flat in Tanger.  I told him that I was thinking of rewriting his story The Circular Valley and using it as a script for a short film, and wanted to know how he felt about this.  He said to me, ‘Why do people always take the most difficult path… Maybe because it makes them try harder.  It's quite impossible – the story is about the invisible.  It's a mountain made of barking.'”

For this piece, Wim Vandekeybus continued exploring the elements that made Her Body Doesn't Fit Her Soul a ground breaking creation, while integrating them differently into the production.  The non-sighted dancer Saïd Gharbi remained the central character and the magic of film was once again blended into the concrete world of the stage.

 

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THE PERFORMANCE

 

CHOREOGRAPHY & DIRECTION
Wim Vandekeybus

MUSIC
Charo Calvo, George Alexander Van Dam, Peter Vermeersch

CREATED WITH & PERFORMED BY
Iñaki Azpillaga, François Brice, Saïd Gharbi, Mary Herbert, Thomas Lehnhart, Lieve Meeussen, Nienke Reehorst, Florence Rougier, Ana Stegnar, Wim Vandekeybus

ALSO PERFORMED BY
Ursula Courtney Robb, Roni Haver, Carmelo Fernández, Rasmus Ölme

ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR
Jan Goossens

SCENOGRAPHY
Wim Vandekeybus

LIGHT
Gerhard Maraite

COSTUMES
Isabelle Lhoas

MASKS
Maggy Jacot

ARTISTIC ASSISTANT
Octavio Iturbe

RESEARCH
Mirjam Van Der Linden

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Gerhard Maraite

STAGE MANAGER
Herman Geys, Jean-Pierre Verbanck, Joris De Bolle

SOUND ENGINEER
Lieven Callens

TECHNICAL REALISATION DECOR
Herman Geys, Isabelle Lhoas, Gerhard Maraite 

 

PRODUCTION
Louise De Neef

COPRODUCTION
the Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg, Brussels; the KunstenFESTIVALdesArts, Brussels; Théâtre de la Ville, Paris

ULTIMA VEZ THANKS
the technical crew of the Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg, the family Abdelaziz, the family Chafik, Abdellah Gharbi and the family Gharbi, the musicians of Koutoubia, Rosas, Théâtre Varia, Ben Barka of the Centre Cinématographique Marocain in Rabbat, Louise De Neef 

 

Wim Vandekeybus was resident in the Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg, and received the support of the Flemish Government

Ultima Vez was Cultural Ambassador of Flanders

 

 

THE FILM

 

ACTORS
Saïd Gharbi, Mary Herbert, Thomas Lehnhart, Abderrahim Asra, Abderzak Asra, Nouh Asra, Abdelaziz Mohamar

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY
Wim Vandekeybus

CAMERA 16MM
Philippe Guilbert

CAMERA ASSISTANT
Aliocha Vanderavoort

SOUND
Pierre Mertens

SOUND MIX
Thomas Gauder

EDITING
Rudi Maerten

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Anne Quirijnen

ASSISTANTS OF THE PRODUCTION MANAGER
Abdellah Gharbi, Abdelaziz Mohamar, Tayeb

POST PRODUCTION
Rudi Maerten

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Louise De Neef

CO-PRODUCTION
Ultima Vez and Carlo Verano

 

 

THE MUSIC

 

BLIND DOG COMPOSED AND INTERPRETED BY
Charo Calvo

SOUND ENGINEERS
Christian Martin & Etienne Curchot

IÑAKI COMPOSED AND INTERPRETED BY
George Alexander Van Dam

PIECE FOR ALEXANDER CHAN COMPOSED AND INTERPRETED BY
George Alexander Van Dam

INSECT AND FOUR BOYS COMPOSED BY
George Alexander Van Dam

BROWN GLASS FLUTES COMPOSED BY
George Alexander Van Dam

LE MUEZZIN COMPOSED BY
George Alexander Van Dam

MICROMELODIES COMPOSED BY
George Alexander Van Dam

TENTS COMPOSED BY
George Alexander Van Dam

MASK COMPOSED BY
Peter Vermeersch

MUSICIANS
George Alexander Van Dam - violin, viola, table noise; Gudrun Vercampt - violin; Jeroen Robbrecht - viola; Jean-Paul Dessy - cello; Paul De Clerck - viola; Géry Cambier - double bass; Carlo Willems - bassdrum, percussion; Jan Kuyken - cello

Sound engineer Jarek Fankowski

MUSICIANS X-LEGGED SALLY
Danny Van Hoeck – drums; Paul Belgrado – bass; Pierre Vervloesem – guitar; Bart Maris – trumpet; Michel Mast - tenor & bariton sax; Peter Vermeersch - clarinet & tenor sax; Peter Vandenberghe – keyboards; Pieter Lamotte - trombone

SOUND ENGINEER
Christian Martin

HATE SONG COMPOSED AND INTERPRETED BY
Peter Vermeersch, Pierre Vervloesem & Danny Van Hoeck

LULU (TRADITIONAL) ARRANGED BY
Peter Vermeersch, interpreted by X-Legged Sally with Jan Weuts - trumpet

MORNING RECORDED BY
Pierre Mertens & Wim Vandekeybus

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Author
Marcel-Armand van Nieuwport